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FNST Qualitative characteristics

The MagicianThe Magician Feels At HomeRegistered Posts: 96
Hi there,

If the FOUR qualitative characteristics of useful financial information are relevance, reliability, comparability and understandability.

Where do verifiability and timeliness fit in?

I assumed that you could merge relevance with timeliness and reliable with verifiability?

Is that the case here?

I asked my distance learning provider a week age and no reply.......

I really did do this ALL ON MY OWN.

Thanks very much for any help.


  • uknittyuknitty Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 591
    The standards for assessment changed as of September 2011. The characteristics *used* to be defined as "comparable, understandable, reliable ,relevant" (which I remembered with the acronym CURR) but they are now defined as

    "comparable, verifiable, timely and understandable" uh which I don't have an acronym for.

    If you are yet to sit your exam make sure that you have the updated definitions of the characteristics as this is almost always assessed in the FNST exam in some way, and the change to the definitions has caught people out previously . Link below is for the update to the Osborne text, which should help.

  • MWAUGH1983MWAUGH1983 Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 420
    Who is your provider magician ?
  • Steve CollingsSteve Collings Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 997

    The Conceptual Framework says that financial information must be proved to be free from bias or error, hence 'verifiable'.

    It also says that financial information must be made available to users before it loses its capacity to influence their decisions, hence 'timely'.

    All the best
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